Thirteen years ago Boyd Holden decided to breed four mares to a young upcoming 6 year old stallion by the name of Hazelwood Conman. One of these mares was Glen Alpine Trinket, she was a mare purchased from Bobby Kahan that Dick Clark had bred.
The resulting foal was a brown colt he decided to name Holdens Contrast.
Contrast was broken in by Tony Flatley from Casino NSW then used as a work horse, doing many many miles of mustering in tough rocky country with Boyd.
Up until 2018 Contrast had never been campaigned, he had always been to a few campdrafts every year with various handy riders and had always finalled and/or placed.
In late 2017 the decision was made to send Contrast with an exceptionally talented rider by the name of Jim Daley. Contrast was dropped off to Jim one weekend and the following weekend he had him entered for the Novice at the Allora Polo Draft where they placed 1st making Contrast a Novice horse and eligible to be entered in the Warwick Gold Cup.
For what was left of the season Jim took Contrast to 4 other drafts where he finalled and placed including a 2nd place at the Warwick Sponsors Draft and making the second rounds of both the Gold Cup and the Canning Downs.
Sadly Jim and his family had made the decision to move back to WA and his and Contrast’s partnership whilst great was short lived.
Then came the decision to have a serious go and send Contrast to one of the best campdrafters in the country and the horse was partnered with Jon Templeton. Again the horse was dropped off to Jon and at their first draft 1 week later they placed 5th in the ARBC Dalby Novice.
Well the rest they say is history….in less than 12 months of drafting Jon and Contrast have placed and finalled in multiple Novice and Open drafts including winning the Monto Silver Buckle Novice.
The 2018 campdraft season ended in a big way with an equal second in the Warwick Stallion Draft and making the final for the Gold Cup. Next stop Landmark Classic Tamworth.